Production Accountant

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Job Introduction

The BBC is currently recruiting a Production Accountant to join the Production Accounting team in Bristol on a 24 month fixed term contract. You will be working to support the Natural History Unit. 

The Production Accounting team works within the production community to ensure that production budgets are effectively managed and to protect value by deploying and managing effective cost management, controls and risk management disciplines.

Role Responsibility

As the Production Accountant, you will be responsible for providing effective financial control and management of budgets on productions, providing regular cost reports, up to date forecasts advice on cost reduction and utilisation of funds.

You will ensure that the accurate provision of accruals and commitments are made throughout the production life cycle and will prepare final accounts, ensuring all outstanding claims are settled material overspends are highlighted with relevant stakeholders.

You will take an active role in budgeting and forecasting contributing to the preparation of accurate and achievable month-end project forecasts, balancing creative aspirations with financial and resource constraints. You will also prepare and revise a phased final cost forecast to support effective and timely budgetary decision-making and aid centralised cash flow forecasting and will provide timely advice on the financial implications of on-going editorial changes.

Working alongside Production Teams you will play a key role in cost management, monitoring and controlling expenditure against budget and ensuring that this is reflected accurately and correctly on the system. You will challenge and actual or potential variances and will work closely with the senior production management to provide strategic advice and analysis.

In addition, you will be responsible for completing statutory and corporate financial returns for location spend items on behalf of the production and will ensure compliance and best practice across all activities.

The Ideal Candidate

You are a Production Accountant, Production Manager or have relevant experience. Proven cost management experience is essential along with strong budgeting, forecasting and analysis experience. The role also demands excellent communication skills as you will be required to build and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of non-finance stakeholders. Professional accountancy qualifications are advantageous, but not essential for this position.

Package Description

Band: C 
Contract type: 24 month fixed-term contract or attachment 
Location: Bristol 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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